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Poster: clashcity Date: Jan 15, 2010 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats so damn atheistical about the dead?

"Did they literally suggest that the DEAD in some way represent religion"

I knew folks I attended high school with who really felt the Grateful Dead, or at least the things they represented were a religion to be followed.

Now these folks were quite self-serving with their beliefs and such. I can recall numerous occasions at shows being chastised for not following "the way" or the "true path" and a whole slew of other nonsense.

The were sort of like Trusta-farians without the trust funds.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 15, 2010 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats so damn atheistical about the dead?

Ha! Love it: "Trusta-farians without the trust funds."

Oh yeah, CC--I can see that component, and certainly, we all sorta manifest that aspect (we worship the DEAD in some sense, and resent those that don't see we've been annointed, etc., etc....hmmm, does this make me, as PM, a High Priest? That works on a couple of levels, eh? Har, har).

Or, did you mean they literally viewed them as representing a traditional religion in some sense? Not just a band that we observed in a religious fashion with various cultish components, etc.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 15, 2010 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats so damn atheistical about the dead?

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=90484

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 15, 2010 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats so damn atheistical about the dead?

Ha! Great example of how "spirituality" doesn't equal "spirits" (ie, these spinners and such are the epitome of "be here now"....

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Poster: clashcity Date: Jan 15, 2010 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats so damn atheistical about the dead?

I'm not sure how far they really got with the Grateful Dead being the God role, or Garcia in the God role... but they were part "spinner" and always referred to "the family".

I usually walked away from the conversation when it turned to my not following the path the enlightenment, and the true way, etc...

I went to see a rock band, and while there were certain elements, or a sense of it being spiritual... for these folks I knew they saw it as church.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jan 15, 2010 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats so damn atheistical about the dead?

Some saw it as a UFO cult, complete with multidimensional portals!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 15, 2010 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats so damn atheistical about the dead?

Are those the folks from VT with the big Bus that hand out the religious themed stuff at shows?